D&T Issue 101

Self Assembly on SpaceX and India’s Spacetech Ecosystem

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How cool would it be to create realistic images and art from a description in natural language? DALL.E 2, an AI system by OpenAI, does just that with much better caption matching and photrealism that its predecessor DALL.E 1. Meanwhile, AI systems are also being used to create pictures of Michelin starred dishes, the components of which dont even exist in real life.

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They thought their payments were untraceable. They couldn’t have been more wrong. The untold story of the case that shredded the myth of Bitcoin’s anonymity.

Pebble raised over $10 million on Kickstarter in 2012 and sold 2 million watches over the next few years but failed to create a sustainable business model.

Decentraland was supposed to be a digital utopia — floods of money are undermining that vision.

Nearly a dozen companies are betting on computer-controlled, airborne wind energy to electrify the future.

The spacetech startups, which develop launch vehicles, satellites, propulsion engines, and remote sensors, among others, are democratising access to spacetech for companies in India and beyond.

Sachin Bansal is unlikely to make a mistake again, diluting its stake early on, and he is here for a long play. But will Navi achieve the $100Bn dream?

The tiles are an early prototype of “Tesserae,” or Tessellated Electromagnetic Space Structures for the Exploration of Reconfigurable, Adaptive Environments, developed by an MIT Media Lab team led by Ariel Ekblaw.

The merger results in $60 billion deal creating a financial behemoth of epic proportions. With HDFC Ltd’s assets thrown into the mix, HDFC Bank’s market share will jump from 11% to 15%.

The biotechnology company Frequency Therapeutics is seeking to reverse hearing loss — not with hearing aids or implants, but with a new kind of regenerative therapy.

Classic evolutionary theory holds that species separate over time. But it’s fuzzier than that – now we know they also merge.

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